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 Nokia Lumia 930 Review Photo 1

We were a little worried that we have taken on a phone with an identity crisis when the Lumia 930 came into the office for review. The front and reverse of the device say ‘Nokia’, but we know that Microsoft is now the owner of the part of Nokia that makes handsets, and has already confirmed that it won’t be keeping the Nokia name. And the PR bumf all omits ‘Nokia’ from the phone’s title.

However, putting that to one side for the minute, let’s take a look at the Lumia 930 itself. This has been pushed as a flagship device, with plenty to make it a must-have gadget – from the aluminium body, to the large HD display, 4G, wireless charging, a PureView snapper and some really bright colour choices. As this will very likely be the last-ever Nokia smartphone, will the Lumia 930 be a suitable swansong?

Look and Feel

Nokia Lumia 930 Hands-On

There are two sides to this phone – from the front it looks pretty businesslike and smart, with that black bezel around the screen, aluminium body and the glass-covered frontage. It feels lovely too. But get your shades on before you turn it over – you’re confronted by a stunning bright orange reverse side. And we mean bright. But despite the shock, we love it – such a change from the duochrome phones we are so often presented with. And if orange isn’t your bag, there are green, black and white versions too.

Nokia Lumia 930 Review Photo 2

It’s quite a weighty number – coming in at 167g, and is 9.8mm thick. However, thanks to the square metal chassis and its industrial overtones, this just lends to the aura of quality. As do the glass front, which has a very slight taper at the edges and the metal buttons for camera, volume and power.

On display

Nokia Lumia 930 Viewing Angles

The display measures five inches and offers a ppi of 441 and HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. But we didn’t need the figures to tell you this is a super sharp screen and looks great. Viewing angles are okay but if you’re looking at anything off-centre, you find the colours do turn paler, but they don’t get any worse as the phone is tilted more away from the centre.

Performance and software

There has already been a major update to Windows Phone 8 this year in the shape of 8.1. This saw features such as Full HD screen support and pull-down notifications centre added. But there is still quite a way to go to catch up with Android and iOS.

The home screen with its colourful tiles is fun – each tile shows live information from its corresponding app. You can see at a glance whether you have unread texts, missed calls and you can see what the weather’s up to as well. The tiles themselves can be moved, resized and also deleted, so the phone is personalised for the user. It is also possible to add wallpaper, although only some tiles will be transparent so that you can see the wallpaper through them.

The pull-down notifications panel – or Action Centre as it is called in this OS – allows the users to easily switch on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Rotation Lock and Flight mode. It’s a shame that no shortcut for volume and display brightness has been included – you’ll have to delve into the Settings menu for these.

The interface proves smooth, speedy and responsive, thanks to the quad-core 2.2GHz chip teamed with 2GB of RAM. However, we did encounter some problems – the ‘Resuming..’ message appeared when firing up some apps and other elements. The massive menu bar that occupies a large chunk of the screen can be a problem too – the Twitter app, for example, is only able to show three Tweets (1.5 if they have images). It’s these kinds of problems, as well as the fact that apps such as Tinder and Snapchat are lacking – that gives the feeling that Windows Phone is not quite there yet.

By the way, Microsoft’s version of the iPhone’s Siri will be available later this year – it’s called Cortana.

Nokia Lumia 930 Back

Generally, performance was impressive, although the handset does get rather warm rather easily. Even just looking through Facebook or Twitter resulted in the bottom right corner getting warm. Nevertheless, battery life proved worthy, with a single charge getting us through a whole day and night.

Wireless charging is nice to see included – and we also were pleased to see a charger in the box – this is a black disc, which can be connected to the mains power using USB. The phone gets charged simply by having contact with the disc. We noticed a temperature rise here too, although nothing to worry about.

Onboard memory is a decent 32GB, but this is not expandable.


The cameras on the Lumia range have been impressive so far, and nothing has changed with the 930. While the snapper is not up there with the 41MP model on the Lumia 1020, it’s a 20-megapixel version that still does a great job. Take note that it doesn’t feature optical zooming.

Nokia Lumia 930 Camera

Oddly there are two apps for camera, one called Nokia Camera, the other just called Camera. Both include manual control and the same settings, but they have different interfaces.

However, should you wish, just leave the camera in auto mode and you’ll still have impressive images. It performs well in low light without using flash thanks to the inclusion of optical image stabilisation. Colours are also natural looking.

Our conclusion

We think the Lumia 930 is the best Windows Phone smartphone to date. The high-def screen is delightful, there’s an impressive snapper, power from the quad-core chip – and it looks good too.

It’s just a shame that the Windows Phone OS is a letdown. Although there have been improvements in this version it still has too may omissions and issues if you compare it with Android and iOS. And there’s the age-old problem of lack of apps. Official apps seems short on the ground as developers don’t seem to be bothered with creating versions for Windows Phone.

At the end of the day, this is a stunning phone that deserves its flagship status. It is beautifully designed, has plenty of power under the hood but is let down by its software. It’s something of a vicious circle as they need to sell more Windows Phone devices before developers will make the effort to catch up.

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Dimensions: 137 x 71 x 9.8mm

Weight: 167 grams

Screen size: 5.0” FHD AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 display resolution

Pixels Per Inch (PPI):  441 ppi

Processor: 2.2GHz Quad core application processor


On-board Memory: 32GB 

Camera: 20 megapixel (rear) 1.2 megapixel (front-facing)

Operating system: Windows phone 8.1

Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ Yes

Bluetooth / NFC: Yes/ Yes

Battery capacity: 2420 mAh

Colours: Bright Orange, Bright Green, White and Black.

Launch Date: Out Now

Price: £400

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